Floodwaters force road closures in Queensland as authorities also issue warnings for parts of Victoria
Posted On April 3, 2022
Residents living in Queensland’s Southern Downs have been issued several emergency warnings as a number of towns south of Toowoomba are lashed by severe flash flooding.
Up to 90 millimetres of rain fell overnight in areas along the Condamine River, with water levels tipped to peak at around lunchtime today.
Regions set to cop the brunt of the flooding include the Southern Downs towns of Allora, Killarney and Condamine.
“Showers and thunderstorms overnight Sunday and into Monday, with rainfall totals of 60 to 90mm, have caused rapid river level rises and moderate to major flood levels across the upper creeks and tributaries of the Condamine River,” The Bureau of Meteorology said.
“Areas of major flooding are occurring along the Condamine River downstream from Loudoun Bridge with the main flood peak approaching Condamine Township.
“Major flooding is occurring in the upper Balonne River at Warkon, with minor flooding also rising between Surat and Weribone.”
The BoM said showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the duration of the day and into the evening.
Police have closed the New England Highway and surrounds in Allora and Clintonville, with no local alternatives in place due to the severe rain.
Motorists have been urged to avoid driving through flood waters or surrounding areas.
Meanwhile in Victoria, a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and extreme winds has been cancelled, but a number of flood warnings remain in place for parts of East, West and South Gippsland.
“Widespread rainfall totals of 30 to 80 mm have been recorded across Gippsland. Higher totals of up to 120 mm have been recorded across the Bemm and Cann catchments,” The BoM said.
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“Moderate to major flooding is likely across East Gippsland from overnight Sunday into Monday. Minor flooding possible across parts of West Gippsland and generalised flooding possible in the eastern parts of South Gippsland from Sunday.”
Largely the state will experience warm and sunny temperatures today, with tops of 28C forecast for Sydney, with similar conditions expected tomorrow.
In Brisbane it’ll be 29C today with the chance of morning showers, while in Melbourne it’ll be 19C and cloudy, with conditions becoming windy this afternoon.